Yamaha presented their motorsports plan this year on March 1, 2016. Then, Yamaha also revealed that they will be participating with the factory system in continuation of last year’s Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours.
The Yamaha Factory Racing Team dealt with last year’s Suzuka 8 Hours as they won the JSB1000 class in Japan with Katsuyuki Nakasuga and MotoGP riders Pol EspargarÃ³ and Bradley Smith, and they made the fans fascinated by showing a different level of strength as a factory team.
As for the riders lineup this year, it is not yet fixed as of the moment, but many have been requesting to reconstruct the dream team of Nakasuga, EspargarÃ³, and Smith this season as well. On the other hand, Yamaha will also make a comeback as a factory team in the World Superbike Championship starting this year, and they will participate with Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes as the riders. Moreover, they will also have Josh Hayes, who is a four-time champion, participate in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.
Moreover, in the nationwide JSB1000 clas, the group of Yamaha YZF-R1 riders is becoming even more abundant with the help of young riders Kota Nozane and Takuya Fujita. Now, who would be the chosen riders to participate in the upcoming Suzuka 8 Hours season? Take note of Yamaha’s announcement hereafter.
“The tension has been increasing as we are gradually nearing the opening of the season. We aim to achieve our 5th consecutive win in the nationwide JSB1000 class. Last year, the Yamaha YZF-R1 had a full model change, and although we were fumbling towards the season opening, we were able to complete the machine at a fair level from our third participation in Twin Ring Motegi, and I have also understood the features of the new YZF-R1 while riding this model.
“For riders, there is no such thing as a perfect machine, but looking back to the previous year, I think that we were able to achieve a high level that is nearly close to perfection. And since we have already adopted the data gathered from last year, I think that we can race at a higher level this year. I still cannot say any further details regarding Yamaha’s participation for Suzuka 8 Hours this year, but if I’d be able to participate this year, I will definitely aim for another consecutive win, and making a new record for everything is one of Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s missions,” Katsuyuki Nakasuga of Yamaha Factory Racing Team said.
As for the nationwide JSB1000 class, the 2016 season ‘NGK Spark Plugs Suzuka 2&4 Race’ will commence at the Suzuka Circuit on April 24, 2016.
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)